According to Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres, only nine teams in the nation are capable of beating Alabama.
Four of those reside in the SEC, while the others hail from other Power Five conferences. It’s only October, but the Crimson Tide look like the team to beat this year.
Take a look at Torres’ rationale below:
- Torres admitted that Arkansas is probably the least likely to team to beat the Crimson Tide on the list, but pointed to the Crimson Tide’s recent struggles while playing in Fayetteville. The Tide beat the Razorbacks, 14-13, in 2014 and came back from a 13-point deficit in 2010.
- The Tigers made the list because of last week’s blowout win over Missouri. LSU’s home field advantage is another reason for the possible victory.
- Deshaun Watson and the Tigers’ defense places Clemson on the list, but it would need to be a College Football Playoff matchup.
- The Wolverines may have the “formula” to beat Alabama, according to Torres. A mixture of solid defense and special teams could propel Michigan past the Tide, but the big question lies on offense.
- “Butch Jones appears to have some magic juju working with this team,” Torres writes. After back-to-back comeback wins over Florida and Georgia, nobody is ruling out Tennessee in any game.
- The Huskies proved to everyone they were the real deal with a big win over Stanford last week. Torres writes that Washington takes care of the ball better, ranks No. 1 in turnover margin and has a great defense.
3. Texas A&M
- The Aggies were the top-rated SEC team on the list. Texas A&M’s front seven is the real deal, and leads the nation with 50 tackles for loss on the season. The Aggies also ranked 13th in rushing, and occupy one of only two active quarterbacks to beat the Crimson Tide in Trevor Knight.
- An unlikely matchup, but Torres writes that quarterback Lamar Jackson “would absolutely give the Crimson Tide fits”. The Cardinals defense also has a stout defense.
1. Ohio State
- This is a rematch everyone wants to see. Torres writes, “There aren’t many teams that match up incredibly well with Alabama, but the Buckeyes are one of them.”